Archive for the 'Tom Waits' Category

Monday, October 24th, 2011

You’d be forgiven for not realizing it had been seven years since the last Tom Waits album of new material. Between the enormous wealth of fantastic, previously unreleased songs on 2006’s Orphans boxset and the 2008 Glitter and Doom tour and subsequent live album, it hardly seems like Waits was relaxing exactly. But it’s also […]

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The collective Waits-ian growl has reached near audible levels as fans anticipate the release of October’s Bad As Me. If you haven’t yet, do check out the teaser video that was unveiled last month for the record — It’s pure Waits. So, to help quell your jones, here’s a captured radio broadcast (WXRT) from 1976 […]

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Recorded at the BBC Studios London, for the “Tonight In Person” show in July of 1979, this vinyl bootleg finds Waits working up material from his Asylum years. This particular performance hit the spot recently as I’d been spending a lot of time with Waits’ transitional Heartattack And Vine LP—which ultimately reinvigorated an interest in […]

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

After stumbling upon this the other day, it appears a number of the Under Review DVD series are now available (free) via YouTube. Following the standard Under Review M.O., the Tom Waits: 1983-2006 entry rounds up a number of music scribes (Anthony DeCurtis, Robert Christgau, Barney Hoskyns, etc) asking them to reflect upon the material […]

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I enjoy a good magic trick, a bit of slight of hand. I enjoy an entertainer, as in someone who understands the art of entertainment—a changeling, a shapeshifter, a master of ceremonies. While there are fewer and fewer artists tapping into the primordial, the supernatural, we thankfully still have the self-made myth that is Tom […]

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

For those of you who purchased the Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards collection on vinyl, upon its 2009 release, the following is old news. But if you, like me, have the set on compact disc, keep reading. The vinyl release of Waits’ odds and sods compilation came with an additional six bonus tracks: “Crazy Bout […]

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Jim Jarmusch and Tom Waits go together like, well, a shot bourbon and a glass of beer. But you already knew that. Back when I was still doing free-form radio, downtown, prior to the show on SIRIUS, I would occasionally air Tom Waits’ riff (as DJ Lee “Baby” Sims) to John Lurie, from Jarmusch’s Down […]

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Before I cool it with the Waits stuff, I thought I’d share this last bit as I’ve been in a heavy early-late ’70s Waits mode for awhile. It’s that time of year. What I love about this era is that it just bounces. There is no one doing it quite like this anymore, not even […]

Monday, January 4th, 2010

“This was a show I recorded with Tom in December of 1976 that was originally broadcast on WNEW during my first sojourn at the station. I played this rare one-hour tape tonight as my contribution to the station’s “From The Archives” weekend. Tom and I (and drummer Ralph Ebler) taped this at a studio in […]